Hey friends, how are you today? How was your week? My week has been busy, how was yours’? Did I tell you, I volunteered to direct the children’s Christmas play this year (what was I thinking?… oh wait… I was not thinking). Anyway, what that means is, my Saturday is no longer free and now I have an activity every day of the week. What does your week look like; anything like mine?
I grew up in the church. I do not think I have missed a total of 10 church services in my lifetime. I accepted Christ as my Savior at a very early age. It’s hard when I compare my life with others to think there is anything wrong with me. I can always find someone whose life ‘needs work’. I am really not that bad, when I compare my life with someone else’s. After all I don’t do this nor do I do that, like this person. I am a pretty good person in my humble opinion. Of course, I am not perfect, BUT… When I was younger, I focused quite a bit on what I did not do; you know the ‘big’ sins. So maybe I disobeyed my parents and I may have lied and taken something that was not mine, but that’s small compared to what this person did.
Comparison does one of two things; makes us think we are better than others or we may think we are worse than others. The outcome depends on who we think we are compared to who we think they are. The result is very rarely flattering or healthy; not for us nor for others. It would be a lie to say Christians don’t do this.
Throughout the Word of God, we are reminded again and again that people are not the standard. Yet churches are fraught with bitter, discontented and angry people because of our jealousy and envy. We fail to love others because our eyes are fixed on the possessions or on the seemingly perfection of their lives. Haven’t we lived long enough to know that no life here, is perfect? Don’t we already know that no life is without trials and problems? Do we want the unknown problems in their lives, along with whatever blessings they may have obtained? Will we take the good but not the bad?
As a child, I thought as a child and I didn’t always understand the consequences of what I was doing. I lived between wanting what someone else had or with the belief that I was better. As an adult, after having gone through my own trials and tribulations and living through the problems of others, after obtaining my own possessions along the way, should I not already know that no one’s life is without issues? With all that knowledge, why do I then still struggle?
Does my salvation mean so little to me that I fail to love others as Christ has demonstrated His love for me, because of their possessions? Love and envy are on opposite ends of the scales. The two oppose each other. I can’t envy you and love you at the same time. There is only room for one in my life and right now I choose to love you. Today I choose to pray for you, because I know that trials are part of life and you are not without them. I choose to cherish the price that was paid for my sins. I choose to bask in the unfailing, unwavering love of Christ. I choose to be content with all that the Lord has blessed me. I choose to name them one by one, because I am prone to forget, when my eyes slip. I choose to say ‘thank You, Lord’ because Your work in me is not done. I choose the Word of God as my standard, it equalizes everyone. Let’s remind ourselves that people are not the standard!
How are you today? How can we better show Christ’s Love to others?